Engineering Management

Master of Science (MS/MSE)

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Program details

Credits required: 30

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Industry highlights

  • Overall engineering employment is expected to grow by 11 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

MS in engineering management: building people who build things

As an engineer in the field, you tackle new challenges every day. WMU offers a degree program that can help you take on the unique challenges of management in a variety of engineering fields.

The Master of Science program in Engineering Management was developed to meet the need for professional leaders and decision-makers in manufacturing, process engineering and tooling design. It focuses on skills like technical engineering and project systems management to prepare you to lead people, projects and teams.

Why engineering management at Western Michigan University

The Engineering Management master's program at WMU gives you the skills you need to become a more dynamic and well-rounded engineering professional.

  • Learn how world-class managers do what they do and apply that knowledge in your own career.
  • Enhance your communication skills to enhance your engineering talent.
  • Lead teams, projects, and people to success by becoming an expert on project systems management.
  • Network and learn alongside local and regional engineering peers.

WMU's Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management is a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute. Earn Professional Development Units for your Project Management Professional credential when you take IME 6140.

Who should apply

Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree in a technical field like engineering, technology, mathematics, computer science or the physical sciences. Applicants must:

  1. Have completed at least eight hours of mathematics through calculus, eight hours of physics and/or chemistry, a course in statistics, and a course in computer programming. Course work or adequate work experience is also required in the areas of work methods analysis, operations planning and quality control.
  2. Possess a GPA of 3.0 or better in the final two years of undergraduate study.
  3. Submit GRE scores for the General Test.

Note: Applicants with a GPA of at least 2.5 in the final two years of undergraduate study will be given probationary admission—non-degree status. They may be granted regular admission after completing nine hours of approved graduate courses with a grade of "B" or better.

Career opportunities

The number of career opportunities for those with both technical competence and managerial skills are rapidly growing. Graduates of this program are qualified to work in mid-high level areas of supervision and management in the manufacturing and service environment.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.